So you are going to teach me how to use my camera by having me not use my camera....
Too often we think that we should do something on the computer simply because we can. There is never any substitute for "going out and doing." Photography is that way. I wish you a lot of luck, but I don't think it will do anything real to advance someone's photographic skills.
While I dig the OP's concept on 'educating'...perhaps it's more of an idea before someone makes that DSLR purchase...just to get an idea of the art or craft before
making the investment in the body, the glass, the flash, et al. If one has already made the DSLR purchase and is on his/her way to learning the triangle....I completely agree with DeepDiver's response. The only
way to learn is to get out and shoot...make your own mistakes, start with 'P' instead of 'A'...read a couple of decent sites or books (Still a fan of Peterson)...and quickly move to Shutter or Aperture priority as the situation calls for it. These new DSLRs are damn smart....Manual control is really only necessary for a few of us, IMO. Program mode is perfect for the VAST majority...but when you want that shallow DOF or that fast shutter speed to stop the 'action'...Tv and Av modes are excellent options...especially with the High ISO/Low noise offerings of today's even cheapest DSLR options. I shoot in manual...but rarely and often 'only' for those landscape shots that I'm using an N/D filter for and want to be absolutely perfect. Even then...I'll end up with a couple dozen shots of the same landscape...using what I feel is 'best' only when I'm home in front of the calibrated monitor and printer
Now if that was on offer, I'd be interested! I've tried various ways to get there, reading, watching, emulation, experimentation, analysing others works, classes... Nothing has really taught me to develop this ability as yet. One day I may meet just the right person, who explains it in such words that I go "Oh $#!*, I get it..." I've accepted that it's something that will come from within me over time. I haven't even been at this game a year yet, I have plenty of time ahead of me to get there.
A year? Brother John...you do have a 'way' to go....'YOUR' way is ultimately what will make YOU the better photographer. Study some of your favorites. Forget the rest...sounds like you've covered the 'basics' and so much is already done 'In Camera' these days...they truly are power houses with their own CPU! If you understand the principles of light, exposure....and shutter speed as it relates to your aperture...you're 90% the way there. The other 10% is the most hard to achieve. In my opinion, it's a lot like Hendrix or Clapton on guitar. You KNOW it when you hear it. Same with photography...once you 'get it', it's time to become your 'own' photographer. Your own style...build on that. One of my favorites is a guy named Bob Gruen. If you're a fan of Rock-n-Roll over the past 50 years (including current Rock and Top 40 acts)...you've seen his work. Showtime just did a documentary on him....Rock 'n' Roll Exposed...The Photography of Bob Gruen. He started off with a cheap camera....and maybe shot or two from a couple dozen that 'looked good'....but he was noticed, got 'found'....and in 50 years has captured some of the most iconic images in music. The stories he must have.....but his ability to 'blend' with the scene and take the 'shot' that mattered...that's his signature.
You'll find yours, give it time! You're capturing a single nano-second of history every click of the shutter. Frame it correctly, expose it perfectly...and if it's the right shot, you may have a Pulitzer on your CF/SD card...who knows?
tl/dr....develop your own style. That's the next step. Forget the intricacies of photoshop....learn post processing as you move forward. You've got the basics, now develop your 'style'....your craft will develop just like anything else in life done over and over and over....